Irrigation Renewal, Northern VIC

  • Irrigation Renewal, Northern VIC

    Irrigation Renewal, Northern VIC

Project details: 

APP achieves major water savings in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District

The Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) has been established by the Victorian Government to achieve significant water savings in the State’s irrigation districts; aiming to save 425 gigalitres per year - equivalent to Melbourne’s annual water consumption.

The targeted savings will be achieved by replacing old meters and regulators in the irrigation network with automated systems, and lining irrigation channels to minimise seepage losses. These changes will allow the irrigation water-use efficiency to be increased from 70 percent to more than 85 percent.

NVIRP will be Australia's largest irrigation modernisation project, covering the e entire 68,000 km2 Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District; an area the size of Tasmania.

The Project represents a $2 billion investment by the Federal and Victorian Governments, plus Melbourne Water and Goulburn-Murray Water.

APP was engaged to assist Transfield Services - the Managing Contractor – in managing the design verification and environmental approvals processes for the infrastructure upgrades. APP mobilised a project team, established and coordinated the design team, and developed an innovative web-based design and environmental approvals process.

This integrated process was crucial to the design team’s ability to complete the task within the required timeframe to allow works to commence in the non-irrigation season.

APP provided a combination of project management ingenuity, fast-tracked approvals, innovative systems and close liaison. A critical deadline was met, which provided a pathway for subsequent stages of the project.


“There is no doubt that without APP’s involvement we would not be where we are right now environmentally. Thank you for your knowledge, patience, understanding and above all, persistence, in getting us to this stage.”

Glen Munro
Project Director
Transfield Services

Project summary: 

  • Client: Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP)
  • Value: $2 billion
  • Services: Environment and Approvals Management, Design Management
  • Sectors: Water, Energy & Resources, Environment & Sustainability
  • Location: Northern Victoria